More than nine in ten pupils starting secondary school in September have been offered one of their parents' top two preferences of school.
About 15,000 parents will discover the outcome of their secondary school applications today (March 1), with the 95 per cent who applied online getting confirmation by email or by accessing Essex County Council’s website.
Despite significant growth in the county, the council’s continued investment in creating new school places means 85.90 per cent of pupils have been offered their parents’ first preference of school.
A further 7.70 per cent have been offered their second preference, meaning 93.6 per cent have been offered either their first or second preference – a small increase on last year.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted we have once again been able to provide so many children with a preferred school place.
“This achievement is testament to the hard work of admissions staff, schools and those involved in planning expansions, as well as our continued investment in creating additional school places.
“We are creating 2,195 new school places for the 2016/17 academic year and plan to spend £364million over the next three years on delivering thousands more.
“I would like to wish all pupils starting secondary school in September the very best for the years ahead.”